The hardest thing to do, I believe, is to critique oneself. Why? Well, you think you did such a fabulous job with something, and then realize you could have done so much more. Or you forgot something. Or you didn't take into consideration that others felt they should get credit/recognized as well. You know, all that second guessing, etc. that is not necessarily helpful especially after completing a successful transaction. But, hey, it's 2:32 AM, I can't sleep because I'm thinking about a fabulous listing I just signed, so here goes:
My (perceived) strengths:
I have no fear in tackling just about anything I set my mind to. Where others tread lightly, hesitantly or maybe not at all, I dive right in and just do it. Over the years, I always had my eye on real estate, even getting my license twice. Each time, I saw opportunities in other directions and went in those directions. But 11 years ago, the stars aligned, and I went into real estate full time, getting my brokers licenses in both California and Hawaii. It just FELT right.
Nope, no working for a big agency for me because of its training, its systems, etc. which normally makes it easy on new agents. I had a lot of business experience and wanted to set my company up my way. Learning? Let's face it, each transaction is different so the learning process is ongoing anyway.
And you know what? My clients like that about me. I don't get snared up with "this is how it's done" or stay in "safe" niches. I don't hesitate to take on challenges even though it might be harder.
My (perceived) weakness:
With my gung ho personality, it's tough to find like minded people so I tend to have a hard time being a team player. Looking back, this started in my childhood through no fault of my own. My family who lived in Germany in my formative years, put me in a Danish school, never mind that I didn't know the language. Then we moved to Canada, and I had to tackle English. I didn't have the luxury of forming close bonds because I was always an outsider coming in. Yet this never intimidated me and only helped me with my overall "I can do this" attitude.
I believe that my weakness is a strength in the real estate business. Too many people listen to advice of others, or can't make a move without the support/team comprising others.
And this is why my clients gravitate to me. They get MY best advice, my company policies are mine, and when they do business with me, the client and I are the team.